Recently I was playing a Hi8 tape from 1998, when I tried rewinding and rewatching a part (stopping the tape, before rewinding). The part of the tape I had just watched was highly distorted and black and white.
So, I've learned the hard way that old metal particle tapes are prone to being erased, when watched. Presumably, the 'MP' on the tapes stands for metal particle? These tapes have been stored in a safe place. How many years before this problem arises with MP tapes?
Is there a better alternative than playing these tapes into a capture card? If not, I realize that I only have one chance to capture this video. If this is the only option, I'll expect to capture until the read head becomes too affected by residue, and then stop and clean the head, and repeat. Any advice would be appreciated.
Unfortunately, I've found out the hard way there are consequences to over-using a cleaning tape. The head is either dirtier than before, or damaged.